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Messines has never forgotten them

Written by on June 5th, 2017.      0 comments

"Their name liveth for evermore" carved on stone.

In Belgium a special project is remembering New Zealanders who fell in battle 7 June 1917. The Peace Village’s “Post to the Past” is a remembrance project for the Battle of Messines:

A trail of remembrance

"Out of all the nationalities that fought at Messines during the Great War, the Kiwis travelled furthest. The saddening consequence is also that they were least likely to receive a family visit. But Messines has never forgotten them.

With “Post to the Past ”, we want to keep alive the memory of all those who fell in the Battle of Messines.

Some 800 posts with personal messages to a Kiwi soldier were planted early June along the Peace Path in Messines. This trail links up various World War One memorials and sites. The coming two weeks it will become a trail of remembrance. This way, family members and other pilgrims can read the messages from today’s youngsters and possibly even write a message back to one of the pupils.

On 7 June 2017, day on day one hundred years later, the Governor General & the New Zealand Commander Joint Forces will open the trail of remembrance and write the final post. Other senior dignitaries are likely to follow their example later in the day. “


Battle of Messines

Written by on May 26th, 2017.      0 comments


JUNE 1917

Field gun at the Battle of Messines

Messines was the first ‘big push’ of 1917. Meticulously planned, the action started on the 7th of June with the detonation of huge underground mines that rattled the teacups in London and killed 10,000 German soldiers.

The New Zealanders secured their objectives and the battle was considered a great victory. Newspapers described it as “biggest and boldest attack of the war” and initially casualties were reported as very light. But the true cost of the battle started to make itself known as the Casualty Lists and Rolls of Honour were published in newspapers.

Last night’s casualty list was the heaviest yet described issues since the New Zealand Division participated in the battles of the Somme.Evening Post 21 June 1917.

There were 3,700 casualties, of which 700 were killed.

Our Roll of Honour lists the names of the men who died in this Battle.

For more information on the battle click HERE


Castle Kids Kindergarten commemorate ANZAC Day

Written by on May 20th, 2017.      0 comments

Castle Kids Kindergarten commemorate ANZAC Day

Aftermath   Siegfried Sassoon  March 1919

Written by on April 24th, 2017.      0 comments

A poem to commemorate ANZAC Day.

ANZ Bank

Written by on April 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

"Together we're honouring a century of the ANZAC spirit"



1917 A trail of Remembrance in Messines

Written by Juliana Austen on February 1st, 2017.      0 comments

In 1917 the New Zealanders moved into Belgium and began fighting in "Flanders Fields". On the 7th of June the Battle of Messines began with the detonation of 19 huge underground bombs - 10,000 German soldiers were killed in the blast and it rattled teacups in London. Fierce fighting continued for several days, by the time the New Zealand Division was relieved on 9 June, it had 3700 casualties, including 700 dead.

1916 3412 New Zealand lives lost

Written by Juliana Austen on January 1st, 2017.      0 comments

World War I New Zealand soldiers erecting a commemorative cross to those who died in the Somme Battle, 1916. 
Topics: Research

MOST CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY 8/3504 Sergeant Donald Forrester Brown, Otago Regiment

Written by Juliana Austen on November 1st, 2016.      0 comments

For most conspicuous bravery and determination in attack when the company to which he belonged suffered very heavy casualties in officers and men from machine-gun fire. At great personal risk this NCO advanced with a comrade and succeeded in reaching a point thirty yards of the enemy guns. 
Topics: Research

Commemorations for the 100th Anniversary of The Somme

Written by Juliana Austen on September 15th, 2016.      0 comments

Those who fell 100 years ago were honoured and remembered in Auckland on the 15th September 2016.
A field of 163 crosses bears the names of Aucklanders who died in the battle on the 15th September 1916. 
Topics: Events, Regional

New Zealanders at the Battle of the Somme 15th September 1916

Written by Juliana Austen on September 10th, 2016.      0 comments

On 1 July 1916 British and French forces launched an offensive which would become known as the Battle of the Somme.
Topics: Events

Pre-school students proud to commemorate ANZAC day

Written by Juliana Austen on May 1st, 2016.      0 comments

As part of the Ministry of Education’s and Fields of Remembrance Trust’s ANZAC activity, ACG Sunderland Early Childhood Centre received a WW1 Commemoration Package, including three small white crosses to honour the men and women who died serving New Zealand during WW1.
Topics: Schools

Wellington Regional Field 2016

Written by Julian Austen on April 1st, 2016.      0 comments

The Salamanca Lawn Field of Remembrance Crosses in the Wellington Botanic Gardens this year contains 1848 crosses named for men from the wider Wellington region who lost their lives in 1915 and 1916.
Topics: Regional

Fields of Remembrance for Pre-schoolers

Written by Juliana Austen on April 1st, 2016.      0 comments

Following the success of the Fields of Remembrance in Schools project in 2015, the Trust in partnership with the Ministry of Education supplied a Remembrance kit to 4,600 early childcare centres.
Topics: Schools

We will remember them

Written by Juliana Austen on April 1st, 2016.      0 comments

Solemn Civic ceremonies were enacted on this ANZAC Day, with dignitaries, speeches and parades. But there were also a host of small community commemorations where the Fallen of a small town or district were remembered in personal and no-less moving ways.
Topics: Projects , Regional

Auckland Dawn Service

Written by Juliana Austen on April 1st, 2016.      0 comments

Concerns have been raised around the role of Veterans in the Dawn Service at Auckland War Memorial Museum. See New Zealand Herald article HERE.
Topics: Events, Regional

The Fields of Remembrance Trust was established in 2012 to honour those who served and died for our nation during World War One.

The Trust is made up of the Passchendaele Society, the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association, New Zealand (RNZRSA) representIng all local RSAs, and the Auckland RSA. It is a registered charity.